La fiesta de los zombies

What do New Mexico zombies eat? Brain tacos, of course.better off dead

  • 2 lbs. brains
  • 6–8 tortillas
  • 1 fresh tomato, sliced
  • 1 small onion, diced, shredded lettuce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cover brains with water in saucepan, add salt and simmer 15 minutes. Drain well and mash with fork while adding seasonings. Cover and keep warm while preparing taco shells. Fill shells with brain mixture, onions, tomatoes, and shredded lettuce. Serve immediately.

The recipe is from Yolanda Ortiz y Pino’s Original Native New Mexican Cooking. Sure, she specifies “beef brains,” but we know better, don’t we.

Scholars have taken notice of the fact that “the zombie is ubiquitous in popular culture, as note Deborah Christie and Sarah Juliet Lauro, editors of Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human (2011), which I am just getting around to reading.

One of the contributors, Lynn Pifer, (English, Mansfield U.) notes that the George Romero-style zombie hordes have completely supplanted the old-style Haitian worker-zombie in popular culture.

Something I doubt that any of the contributors deal with is the popularity of the zombie-as-Other in the shooting sports.

4 Comments

  1. Erik says:

    I don’t read/watch a lot of zombie stuff as a rule, but it definitely seems as though the point about worker zombies is well taken… the last time I remember seeing anything even close to the old school zombie is in the movie “Fido” (2006)

  2. Medeina Ragana says:

    When I was dating my Cuban ex back in the early 70s, I was in his kitchen and he was eating something. I asked him what it was and he said I probably wouldn’t like it as it was a Cuban delicacy. Turns out is was fried brains.

    That was almost as bad as my mother’s Polish delicacy called Studzienina. Here’s the recipe if anyone wants to try it: http://easteuropeanfood.about.com/od/polishmaincourses/r/Jellied-Pigs-Feet-Recipe.htm

    Personally I think Studzienina is a great way to diet because the minute you open the fridge door and see that gelatinous mass with those pigs feet quivering there, you lose your appetite real fast! Explains why I was so skinny as a kid. 🙂

  3. Pitch313 says:

    A.) I’d rather not eat brains. Or many other organ meats. Regretful culinary experiences as a young counterculture bearer…Plus, squicky mouth feel…

    B.) Zombie is not my favorite part of pop culture. I oppress my inner zombie and pay no mind to its appetites or vocalizations or maggotry. I steadfastly embrace my suave inner pop culture vampire.

    C.) I long ago gave up shooting for photograhy. But I did take notice of the infectious popularity of “zombie” themed items in shooting sports. Among folks who probably did not read World War Z. Do Zombie Killer rounds come with a guarantee?!?!?

  4. Pitch313 says:

    D.) My much preferred magical working knife is a Ka-Bar!!!